The first sentence of Sec. 110.26 requires enough space around all electrical equipment “to permit ready and safe operation of such equipment.” The NEC does not tell you precisely how much space this is, and neither does OSHA. You could follow the minimums and come up short.
Inadequate space can cause several problems, including inefficient maintenance (which may increase downtime) and hazards to personnel. Let’s look at some things your spacing decisions should ta